HOW TO BUILD A GLOVE
Ever wonder how your Wilson glove came to be? We’re going to show you the ten steps that go into making each and every glove. This factory has been building Wilson Pro Stock ball gloves for decades. Their craftsmen, who have centuries of cumulative experience, are cross-trained and have a deep understanding of every step of the glove-making process, ensuring unrivaled craftsmanship in each and every glove.
Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Glove
Step I: SELECTING LEATHER: To make the game’s best ball gloves, you need premium leather. Our Pro Stock and Pro Stock Select Leather comes from the most consistent and high-quality hides in the world, giving you a durable with great feel and a perfect break-in.
Step II: CUT LEATHER: Our craftsmen place the cutting die onto the leather and use a hand-operated machine to cut all the pieces that will ultimately come together as a ball glove. The position and direction of each cut is a crucial part of the process.
Step III: HOLE PUNCHING: Check and double-check. We ensure each and every hole punched in the leather is clear for the next steps in the process, namely the lacing of the glove. This also helps prevent creases in the leather, giving the finished product a smooth palm.
Step IV: STAMPING: The hole-punched palm pieces are then stamped. This is when the ‘Wilson’ at the base of the palm, the A2K/A2000 center palm and model information appear on the leather.
Step V: EMBROIDERY: All embroidery actually happens before the glove is assembled – because the only way to embroider leather is when it’s flat and fits easily into the sewing machine.
Step VI: STITCHING: Our craftsmen then start stitching the glove – and do so inside out, assembling the various pieces of leather that were cut out in Step 2.
Step VII: TURNING: Here, all our gloves are turned back right side out and craftsman begin to shape them using hand-shaped hot irons and rods. The lining is also inserted into the shell right after this point.
Step VIII: LACE MAKING: At this stage, we cut thin high-quality strips of leather tanned specifically for baseball glove laces. We use these thinner strips because if lacing is too thick, it impacts how well the glove opens and closes.
Step IX: GLOVE LACING: You guessed it. This is where the magic happens and everyone’s hard work starts to come together in the form of a (nearly) finished ball glove – complete with approximately 24 feet of lace.
Step X: POUNDING & SHAPING: Before final inspection, our craftsmen focus on shaping the glove so when you receive your new gamer, it’s already got the great Wilson shape you’ve come to love.
The craftsmanship and dedication poured into each and every Wilson ball glove sets the standard in the game today. Once you get yours, be sure to check out our YouTube channel for Aso’s legendary break-in process so your new leather is game-ready.